Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Apr 2012 19:25 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A new analysis of licensing data shows that not only is use of the GPL and other copyleft licenses continuing to decline, but the rate of disuse is actually accelerating." This shouldn't be surprising. The GPL is complex, and I honestly don't blame both individuals and companies opting for simpler, more straightforward licenses like BSD or MIT-like licenses.
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RE[7]: hm?
by kwan_e on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 22:58 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: hm?"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

"That is stupid. GPL doesn't force people to be unselfish because the only people affected by GPL are those who use GPL code. The GPL license doesn't claim ownership of open source code by default.


No, it isn't stupid - at all. You just don't like the way it sounds even though it is completely true.

If you choose to use the GPL license you are forcing a specific behavior in those who use your code. That is in fact the entire point... I never said you were forcing ALL people, obviously it only applies to those who want to use your code.
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No, it is stupid, because the "force" only happens if the person CHOOSES to use my code in the first place. They're not forced to choose to use my code.

If you don't use my code, you're not forced.

If you choose to use my code, YOU are the one willingly entering the partnership.

You argue about GPL zealots, but you're the one using a really stupid idea of what force is.

The "forcing" is only conditional on whether or not you use my code. If you're not forced to use my code, you are not forced to give back.

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RE[8]: hm?
by galvanash on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 23:10 in reply to "RE[7]: hm?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Oh I give up... This whole thread has gone off the rails more or less because I picked too strong and word and bolded it. How about this:

The BSD license is for the unselfish. The GPL license is for ensuring that other people act unselfishly.

Is this better? That is all I was trying to say.

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